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Climate Change and Chronic Disease Prevention

Use the information below to help integrate climate considerations into your existing public health practice.

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Program Area: Chronic Disease Prevention

Healthier communities are more resilient communities.

Key messages

  • Communities that work together to achieve good health outcomes are better prepared to withstand new stressors caused by climate change.
  • Climate change negatively affects air quality by increasing wildfire smoke, smog, and other airborne particulates that make it harder to breathe and manage chronic diseases.

What can public health practitioners do?

  • Incorporate climate considerations into community health assessments and community health improvement plans.
  • Work with community partners to build community capacity and promote improvements in policies, systems, and environments (i.e. active transportation and green infrastructure improvements that help to lessen air pollution).

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